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Treasured Moments

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta

Our founder Sophia is on a mission to share the beauty of her homeland with all who want to see and experience the continent of Africa for themselves. Treasured moments are the stories we share about families who joined us on our travels and visited the continent of Africa for the very first time.

A trip to Africa has been a long-time dream of our family, especially my husband.  He began saving for a trip to Africa before our marriage. However, after marriage and the birth of children, this dream was continuously pushed back, until Sophia extended an invitation to Tanzania. When my husband and I discussed this opportunity further, it became our priority. We did what we needed to do, and we were determined to make it happen. A year later, my husband, four children, and I were boarding a plane for this lifetime experience. 

What an amazing trip and opportunity! To see so many facets of Tanzanian life was great. Surely different than anything seen on TV. To see how beautiful Tanzania was from a very busy city with commuters and taxis to beachfront homes that were reminiscent of Manhattan Beach or Venice Beach, California, to white sand beaches unlike any other!! To go from city bustle to paradise all in one place was amazing. Our family also experienced being up close and personal with wildlife during a safari.  However, my personal favorites were the intimate interactions we had with the Masai tribe and visiting historical monuments related to the East African slave trade. For the Masai tribe, I saw pictures of the tribal people in National Geographic or on TV, but here I was standing on their sacred land and learning about their tribal traditions and values. At the same time, I experienced an emotional overflow as I sat in a holding room (dungeon) for slaves as they awaited auction. Our family sat in this location less than ten minutes, and I couldn’t begin to fathom the stressors that my ancestors endured. To have my feet touch African soil was not just a family trip but a reawakening of my purpose. The opportunity to visit Tanzania was life-changing. We were able to fellowship with the locals, experience an awesome safari, see great historical sites and spend family time on beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. This trip was a complete package and one that all people should try to attain.